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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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History with a View

This is a great piece of history. You can walk to the top and look out over the Atlantic Ocean/ Chesapeake Bay. I believe I am correct in saying it is the first lighthouse in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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Pounding Mill, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

the woman at gate #2 wouldn't let us pass the first time because the 2 in the back seat didn't have seat belts on- so she made us do a big circle and start over. So, on second attempt, the geico insurance card was out dated (been in glove box YEARS - who actually replaces those every six mos?!) so... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a great piece of history. You can walk to the top and look out over the Atlantic Ocean/ Chesapeake Bay. I believe I am correct in saying it is the first lighthouse in the USA. The beach at Ft.Story is wonderful also.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth doing for history buffs. Easy to get to if you're staying in VA beach. Is located right where Chesapeake Bay becomes Atlantic Ocean. First Landing State Park is next door, can make for a one day combined trip.

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Beverly
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I am a light house seeker and this was a nice stop. Take bug spray and use it before exploring this great site.

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Jane Lew, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was a very great experience!!! I would recommend this to any history lover!! Getting into the Naval base was a bit much, but is totally understandable and those officers were very friendly

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Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Climbed up to the top in the heat of the summer. It was worth the effort. i love to see these historical lighthouses.

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Middletown, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

nice place to visit. Our car was chose to be searched? Spent a couple hours there and did climb up in the lighthouse

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Chicora, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My husband really enjoyed the lighthouse tour. My daughter who has special needs and I had to climb back down it was very scary. I was disappointed that it wasn't equipped for anyone with special needs.

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Fosston, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My 6 yr old loved climbing up to the top! It was overcast and breezy during our visit. I think it might be less enjoyable on a hot day, but overall a great place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I always wanted to see a lighthouse & finally did! Loved Cape Henry climbing the 191 steps to the top was so worth it. The scene of the Chesapeake Bay was beautiful!

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Additional Information about Cape Henry Lighthouse

Address: Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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